29 April 2010
Amoklauf in China
The news that a man with a knife went on a rampage in a Chinese kindergarten and wounded 28 kids as well as staff, and the fact that this wasn't the first such attack in recent times, is fair game for those gun-rights advocates who note that violent people will find other ways of doing violence if they can't get guns. Their position is that violent or immoral tendencies, not the existence of any particular type of weapon, are the real cause of violence, and that banning any type of gun will not end violence against innocent people. The only argument worth making against this position is to point out that, as of this writing, none of this madman's victims are dead, and most will survive. Imagine if he had an automatic. The argument against gun culture in America isn't about suppressing violence; it's about limiting the damage violent people can cause.